There isn’t much I can say positively or negatively about Reminders on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Reminders works. It’s free. It’s not exactly loaded with features. Did I mention it’s free. What if you want more?
Apple could give Reminders a bit more attention, maybe a massage and a date, flowers and dinner, and then it might become more like Due, which features reminders, and countdown timers; all built in, synchronized, and fully cross platform for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Do It With Due
Due is mostly a replacement for Reminders on all three devices in macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Mostly. Siri can setup Reminders on iPhone and iPad, but Due also uses natural language input to setup a reminder or countdown, but no connection to Siri yet.
For example, in Due you can write, “Make my dinner reservation in one month.” A month later there’s an alert to make the reservation. You won’t have to worry about figuring out a date picker or time and date format for a reminder.
The interface is simple and straightforward if not a bit long. As in long long. But entering new reminders is little more than a click..
Auto snooze is built-in, too. And the countdown timers are reusable. Due syncs between devices by using iCloud or Dropbox (the latter is my favorite). Reminder can also be created by drawing and dropping messages from Mail, texts from Messages, or links from Safari. Reminders can be sent to friends, family members, or co-workers with a few clicks.
Feature wonks will appreciate all the extra details available in Due, including which alerts to use for Reminders and Timers, default due dates, and other reminders for notifications.
Each alert can be customized for each reminder. If Reminders on Mac, iPhone and iPad were improved, it would function more like Due does already. I tried out the Mac version and immediately added the iOS version for iPhone and iPad.
Yes, Due works on Watch, too, and unlike some reminder apps it does work; alerts come right on time.
Having a Siri integration would be a plus here because Siri and reminders and alerts works very well on iPhone and iPad, but for the Mac it’s little more than a click to the Dock or Mac Menubar and you’re ready to create reminder, alert, or countdown. Here’s the negative. Due for the Mac has a price tag, worth it for some, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option.